Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Post Number: 50
|Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 09:18 am: |
It is up to the business what fuel products they sell and the City cannot influence that choice. And since E85 costs more to distribute than gas (the alcohol corrodes the petroleum pipelines and pumps so they have separate distribution systems), the costs are passed on to the retailer; which has to charge more for the product. When you take into consideration that E85 ethanol flex-fuel vehicles can run on 100 percent E85, 100 percent pump gasoline (of any octane) or any combination of E85 ethanol or gasoline and performance is not affected. From the retailerís perspective, if the consumer can use the cheaper alternative then they typically will. However, E85 does burn cleaner than gasoline and that is good but has lower energy content per volume thus lowering fuel efficiency and requiring more fueling stops. Even though E85 cost more and has lower energy output, it does have some other benefits such as supporting agriculture, promoting alternative fuels and increasing energy independence.